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Be Careful – Don’t Fall!

1 Corinthians 10:12

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

RayMcDHave you ever walked on a mountain path? I have and it is scary at times with the side of the mountain on one side of the path and a drop off on the other side as the side of the mountain goes down – down – down! How mountain goats run on these paths is beyond me. I inched myself along the path – holding onto anything I could. I’ve also driven on mountain roads and it can be as scary. I once traveled in the mountains on winding roads in a snowstorm and that was scary.

Have you ever walked on a balance beam? I don’t mean doing flips and splits and all sorts of other things like the Olympians do – simply walk on a balance beam. I’ve done so and it is not easy. I see why they call it a balance beam – you must have amazing balance to simply walk on it. The US gymnastic team was simply amazing in the Olympics!

Have you ever crossed a creek walking on a small – even slight – tree branch that had fallen across the water? I have and it is not easy to say the least. I’ve also slipped and fell into the cold water before – and it is not a nice feeling to fall.

Have you ever been so glad to get on land that you have fallen down to kiss the soil? The first time I flew was like this! We hit all sorts of turbulence and when we landed I was so happy – even overjoyed. Even experienced travelers told me it was a bumpy ride for sure.

Today’s passage speaks about standing firm and yet not taking our stance for granted – to be careful that we don’t fall. It is speaking about our walk with Jesus and not being so confident that we fall into sin. Here it is partial context. 1 Corinthians 10:6–13 – 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Even as mature Christians – if we are – we can fall – we can sin. We are challenged to not be so sure of ourselves that we fall into sin. Our trust – our faith – our assurance – is not in our strength or ourselves but rather in Christ and His grace. We can easily fall back into sin if we are not relying on Christ. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and His grace.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 23, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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